Mount Royal National Park
Camp at Youngville campground to access the World Heritage rainforests of Mount Royal National Park over a few days. Follow walking tracks and 4WD routes from here.
|Camping type||Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent|
|Facilities||Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets|
|What to bring||Drinking water, cooking water|
Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
|Bookings||Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
Explore Mount Royal at your leisure by camping at Youngville campground. Start off with a barbecue breakfast then hike a different walking track into this World Heritage area each day with a picnic lunch packed to enjoy at a scenic lookout on Pieries Peak or down at Carrow Brook.
To give your legs a break one day, tour the rainforest-lined Mount Royal Road by 4WD, keeping an eye out for remnants of the area’s pastoral history.
Staying overnight at Youngville campground gives you the chance to see some of the park’s many nocturnal birds and animals. So bring along your head torch and have a walk around your campsite after dinner to spot bandicoots, possums and gliders. Though the powerful, sooty, masked and barking owls – all proficient hunters – will probably see you before you see them. Look out at dusk and dawn for grazing pademelons and the threatened parma wallaby.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/youngville-campground/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Bulga office
- Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 02 6574 5555
- 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW 2330
- in Mount Royal National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
Mount Royal National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Youngville campground.
Getting there and parking
Youngville campground is in the centre of Mount Royal National Park. To get there:
- Continue along Mount Royal Road until you reach the campground
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Youngville campground can become boggy when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)
- 4WD required in wet weather
Parking is available at Youngville campground.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Royal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
This is the best time of year to tackle the hike to Pieries Peak for spectacular scenic views of the area.
Enjoy a shady barbecue at Youngville picnic area.
Orchids are in flower at this time of year, so take a walk to Carrow Brook to enjoy them.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17°C and 30°C
7°C and 17°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- Water is not available at this campground.
- Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
- Non-flush toilets
- Gas/electric barbecues (free)
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
- Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
Maps and downloads
Generators are not permitted in this campground.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Aberdeen (6 km)
Aberdeen appeals to a variety of tastes. Wine appreciators can enjoy wine tasting in local wineries. Or pack your fishing rod, hitch a boat on the back of your car and spend a day fishing on Lake Glenbawn or Lake St Clair. Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, about 40 km from Aberdeen, is also well worth a visit.
Muswellbrook (39 km)
Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs. It straddles the Hunter River in the fertile wine-growing region of the Upper Hunter. Enjoy the local produce while you take in the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness.
Singleton (3 km)
Just north of Singleton, at the foot of the Mount Royal Range, Lake St Clair makes a great nature lover's playground. Whether it's swimming, sailing, waterskiing, camping, fishing or picnicking you're after, you'll find it here.
Youngville campground is in Mount Royal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
An important cultural place
The area now covered by Mount Royal National Park, Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Biripi, Worimi, Geawegal, Wonaruah and Ungooroo People. Although these people were dispossessed of their land after European settlement of New South Wales, they continue to have a deep attachment to the country and an active interest in its management. This place contains important foods, medicinal plants, animal species and sacred sites.
The rich diversity of vegetation offers habitat for a wide range of birds and animals, many of which are rare and threatened. These include: the endangered hastings river mouse; the threatened parma wallaby (described by British naturalist John Gould way back in 1840 as 'shy' and 'cryptic'; and the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll, which is the largest marsupial carnivore on mainland Australia. The old growth forest is also habitat for four large forest owls - masked, barking, powerful and sooty - all of which are threatened species. Mount Royal National Park has a variety of forest types and vegetation communities, ranging from shrubland to tall open forest and wet eucalypt forest. The most dominant form of vegetation is mid-altitude grassy forest with plentiful stands of New England blackbutt, Sydney blue gum and grey gum.
Same as always
Mount Royal National Park is listed as part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, these include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforests and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals that remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in fossil records.
The changing face
After government surveyors explored this area in the very early 1800s, the land soon became mined for gold, logged for its timber and used to graze lifestock. Small settlements established themselves on the plateau, mainly due to these agricultural opportunities. From the early 1900s, however, the area became increasingly popular for recreation and for scientific expeditions.